If this John McCain had showed up on the campaign trail, as opposed to the one he brought, sans hood, robe and burning cross. Via Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. John McCain pledged Sunday to work with his former Democratic rival, President-elect Barack Obama, on economic and national security issues.

He also rejected Republican attempts to link Obama to the scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Mike Duncan, has accused Obama of not fully addressing contacts with Blagojevich concerning the Senate seat vacated by Obama.

Blagojevich has been accused of federal corruption, including trying to sell off that seat.

“You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody, right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy, stimulus package, reforms that are necessary,” McCain said in a broadcast interview.

“I don’t know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama’s campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out,” McCain said. “It always does, it seems to me.”

The Arizona senator said he will disagree sometimes with Obama on important issues, but that the nation’s problems are too daunting for political divisiveness.

McCain gets it, while the rest of his ReThug buddies are too busy trying to bust labor unions in the auto industry by not voting for the legislation that would save millions of jobs, not to mention just flat out using their minority status in the Congress to be obstructionist to anything coming forth from the Obama Administration.  McCain was humbled by his defeat, and now appears willing to return to the John McCain we at least respected, if not liked, regardless of his party affiliation.

Which is more than I can say for his running mate.  She’s still trying to make everything relevant to her, including the arson committed on her church. Instead of taking McCain’s example, Sarah Palin is still trying to be relevant in an area where she’s inherently IRRELEVANT.  Our country needs unity, not polarity…and she still never misses an opportunity to demonstrate just HOW CLUELESS SHE REALLY IS.  Because McCain appears to have learned his lesson, one can almost forgive him for picking his nurse to be his running mate.

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